THE NECK PULL
By Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© August 2018, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
The neck pull is a seemingly very simple physical exercise. However, it moves a lot of subtle energy down the body from the head to the feet. It does this by opening channels of energy in the neck that are congested or damaged in most people.
For this reason, the neck pull is now one of the basic development and detoxification procedures.
THE PRE-NECK PULL
The neck pull can seem difficult to some people, although it is safe and not really difficult. A way to begin learning the neck pull is to practice extending your neck.
Lie down without a pillow under your head or neck. Other options are to sit erect or stand up tall. Begin with your head facing forward.
Now extend your neck as much as you can, still looking straight ahead. You can pretend someone is pulling your head straight upward if standing up or sitting, or pulling your head back, away from the body, if you are lying down.
Extending your neck this way will lessen the normal curve of the neck. In other words, the neck will straighten somewhat and become longer.
The neck pull is done with the head looking straight ahead. However, for the pre-neck pull, with the neck extended, slowly and gently turn your head to one side. Then move it back to the center position. Then turn it to the other side. Do this slowly and deliberately.
Often you will hear some crackling or popping in the neck, and that is very good. You are breaking up some calcium deposits and/or adjusting the position of the vertebrae in the neck.
Doing this exercise will prepare you for the neck pull.
THE NECK PULL PROCEDURE
- This procedure is easiest to learn while lying down comfortably. Later, you can do it while sitting or even while standing up.
- Do not have a pillow under your head.
- Your head must be facing straight ahead, not turned to one side.
- Also, have your legs extended straight down away from the head, and fairly close together.
Begin by breathing in, using toe breathing. This means that you imagine the breath entering your body through your toes.
As you breathe in, move your shoulders downward toward your feet. You can pretend that someone is holding your hands and pulls them straight downward toward your feet.
When your shoulders are as low down on your body as they will go, suddenly extend your neck upward. Pull your head upward from the crown of the head. This is a little behind the top of the head.
If you do this correctly, you will hear and feel a slight pop in the neck area. Rarely the pop can occur in your upper back rather than in your neck.
This sound and feeling is an opening of the vertebrae in the neck. It is somewhat like “popping” your toes or fingers, which is also helpful. It releases stuck energy in the neck area and helps open subtle energy channels.
Then gently breathe out.
This is all there is to it. Please repeat this procedure at least 10 times daily. In fact, if you do it gently and sensibly, I find that it cannot be easily overdone and many people can do it many times, for half an hour or longer.
WHY DO THE NECK PULL?
Our bodies contain thousands of tiny energy channels. They run vertically from the top of the head down to the toes. They are related to the acupuncture meridians. Health depends upon having enough of these channels open and clear so that ether, or subtle energy, flows through them and nourishes the body.
In most everyone, the most damaged area of these channels is the neck. The reason is that the channels have to converge somewhat to get through the neck, and injuries and accidents affecting the neck are common. Tension in the neck due to stress or bad posture is also common.
The neck pull, an ancient exercise described in some books, helps open and clear the energy channels as they move through the neck.
When done right, the energy moves mainly downward, which is the desired direction. To do it properly, the shoulders must drop, or move downward as you breathe in. This is not so easy, at first, but it becomes much easier with practice.
If your emphasis is on extending your neck, subtle energy will move a little upward. This is okay, but not as good as moving the bulk of the energy downward by focusing on moving the shoulders downward.
Never force anything. This means no fast or jerky motions.
If, at first, your neck won’t pop, this is okay. Begin with the pre-neck pull described at the beginning of this article. As you do this more, emphasizing stretching the neck, it will be easier to do the neck pull.
Can I damage my neck? One might think that popping the neck could do some harm. However, popping the neck in this way seems to have no adverse effects.
Repeating the neck pull a number of times also is not harmful, and in fact helps speed up development and healing. As you become comfortable with it, we suggest doing it many times each day.